blanch the spinach and parsley in boiling salted water until completely tender and then cool in ice water.
His more polemical books, such as Black Mass and Straw Dogs, often posit a worldview bleak enough to make Beckett blanch.
Most Republicans blanch instinctively at the political rhetoric of “the new Cleveland.”
"to make white, turn pale," c.1400, from Old French blanchir "to whiten, wash," from blanc "white" (11c.; see blank (adj.)). Originally "to remove the hull of (almonds, etc.) by soaking." Intransitive sense of "to turn white" is from 1768. Related: Blanched; blanching.
"to start back, turn aside," 1570s, variant of blench. Related: Blanched; blanching.